Hot Cross Buns

Even though hot cross buns signal Easter time, it feels as if they have been in shops since after Christmas!

Baked some yesterday and will bake some more for the market this Saturday.

They take time to rise but nothing beats a hot cross bun out of your own oven….can you smell them…mmmm

I make myself a version without egg or butter, just replace with soy milk and some olive oil

Hot Cross Bunsmakes 12 (conversions)

  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried fruit
  • 1 egg
  • 50 grams melted butter


  • Mix warm milk with yeast and 2 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Let sit for 5 minutes somewhere warm until frothy, indicating that the yeast is active.
  • In a large bowl add the sugar, flour, mixed spice, cinnamon and dried fruit, mix until combined.
  • Make a well in the center and add the melted butter, egg and yeast mixture.
  • Use a butter knife to mix then tip out onto a lightly floured bench and knead for 8 minutes till smooth and elastic. (add more flour or water if the dough is too sticky or dry)
  • Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 45 min or until doubled in size
  • Take dough out and knead lightly then break into 12 segments of equal size.
  • Roll them into balls and arrange on a greased baking tray
  • Allow to rise in a warm place for another 40 mins.
  • During this time preheat the oven to about 200 degrees and make up a mixture for the crosses

Crosses: mix flour and water till it is a wet paste and pipe over the bunsGlaze mixture: 1/4 cup hot water 3 tablespoons of caster sugar

  • Bake for 10 mins then turn down oven to 180 degrees and cook for another 20-25 min or until springy to touch
  • Brush glaze over them as soon as they are out of the oven and allow to cool

Enjoy and hope you have a happy week

  • Well, they look around 85 trillion times more tasty than the ones I've been spying since boxing day in the supermarket. Wow, may well need to give these a go!

  • Kat

    I baked hot cross buns last easter and they were so yummy! I will definately be making some again this year. My mum works at woolies in the bakery and they started selling hot cross buns on boxing day! She came home in shock that she spent her whole day packing hot cross buns 1 day after christmas!

  • These look delicious!

  • Yuuuuuuuuuuuum! They look so good! Definitely going to have a go at making these this year, thanks Cathie for posting the recipe 🙂

  • Yum, yum, yum, I loved reading this. I won’t make them, because I am slack! What a shame we live on opposite sides of this vast country, or I could pop down to the markets on the weekend an indulge.

  • Yummo.
    I've always put HCB's in the "too hard" basket, but might give em' a go!
    xx Amy

  • I think they have been in the shops since Christmas!! Yours look divine.

  • i've always loved hot cross buns! yours look so yummy! :9

  • I just wish that I could mail order some of those for up here! Recipe filed away for Easter week baking. Thanks, Lisa x

  • Oh delicious, thanks for that, we're massive fans. My son loves the crosses, where my girls pick theirs off for him, hello, it's dough?? Love Posie

  • I looove homemade hot cross buns! I didn't do them last year, must do them this year…yours look divine!

  • mmmmm, Cathie! These look delicious!! Sounds much easier than I expected, I'll have to give them a try.

  • you will have to do mail order soon – for those of us who can't get to the market!!! hehe….XO

  • yummmmm. perfect for a rainy day! and I am pretty certain I saw hot cross buns in the shops, along with easter eggs, around about December 30th?! isnt it awful! at least now we are nearly there, bring on another long weekend! thanks for sharing Cathie

  • Yummo!! Do you ever make them without fruit, I love hot cross buns, but hate sultanas and I dont like chocolate either so I often miss out.
    I'd love to try yours!

  • Aw I will HAVE to make these in the next day or so…


  • Love hot cross buns!yours are perfect in every way! Would eat them year round.

  • Oh Cathie I am just going to HAVE to make these!! Now – what flour could I use for my gluten free calligraphy class friends. You are a fairy godmother you know!!

  • Every Good Friday (at least when my littlest isn't busy doing her best to amputate a finger) we make Hot Cross Buns. I LOVE the ritual. Possibly more than the eating. Actually scratch that – eating wins over ritual.

  • I'm not a fan of hot cross buns, but my fiance LOVES them. I think he would live off them if he was offered the chance!

  • I just came across your blog, read you bio. I love to bake too, I'm a better cook, but I dont give up. ha ha

  • Thanks for recipe Cathie,
    My family love the not so 'super' market – mass produced ones but I think they might enjoy these much more.
    Phillipa's make some too but I just can't justify the price…though I am sure they are nice!

  • Oooh, thanks for this Cathie! I'm going to give them a whirl, hot cross buns are unbeatable as a comfort brekkie. : )
    ps. Hope your migraine is long gone, they sound horrible.
    x Alisa

  • I'm going to try and make these Sunday for Easter! Thanks for the conversions!!! (And the recipe!!!)

  • I made these buns today but they don't look anywhere as good as yours do. Yours look light and springy whereas mine are big solid lumps. They seem to taste fine but were rather dense. Do you know where I might have gone wrong? They seemed to cook rather quickly as well so maybe my oven was too hot.